Anthony Fitzgerald, State College
Anthony and his twin brother Alex were born 10 weeks early and suffered from twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome, meaning they shared a placenta, preventing blood from flowing evenly between the babies.
Anthony received too much fluid and had a small brain bleed at birth. At 9 months old, he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. He underwent Botox® treatment and physical therapy to manage his muscle spasticity.
When he was 8 years old, he had tendon release surgery at Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital, which greatly improved his confidence and his ability to walk.
Donations to Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital have provided funding for the Child Life Department, which helps provide distractions and comfort for orthopaedic patients like Anthony during hospital stays and visits.
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